Entrance polls: Iowa caucusgoers prioritize electability, health care
Iowa caucusgoers are prioritizing candidates’ perceived electability and health care policies in choosing who to vote for in the Hawkeye State’s crucial first nominating contest, according to a Monday entrance poll.
Voters overwhelmingly said they wanted a Democratic candidate who could defeat President Trump in November over someone who neatly aligns with their ideologies. About 60 percent of respondents to an entrance poll said they want the Democratic Party to nominate a candidate who “can beat Donald Trump.”
As far as issues are concerned, health care was widely considered to be the most important to Iowa Democrats. Forty-two percent of caucusgoers said that health care matters most to them in making their decision.
Climate change and income inequality were the second- and third-most important issues.
The poll was conducted before Iowa voters began to caucus and divvy up support for the Democratic candidates running in Monday’s vote.
Centrist candidates such as former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) have repeatedly argued they are better positioned to beat Trump in November, while more liberal candidates such as Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) say bold ideas are required to unite the country and recapture the White House.
Health care has emerged as a chief fissure in the primary field. Biden, Klobuchar and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg have proposed expanding the Affordable Care Act to include a public option, while progressives such as Sanders and Warren have introduced different plans to replace private insurance with “Medicare for All.”
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